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Galapagos free air

By Judy Newell

México News

Jungala: A New Luxury Waterpark in the Riviera Maya

The Jungala Luxury Water Park is set to open in the Riviera Maya this June.

Created by tourism developer Grupo Vidanta, the new park will open June 22 at Vidanta Riviera Maya.

Designed to call to mind a mystical jungle voyage, the park will be landscaped with walls of rock, sky-high tree formations, and water spouting from natural pergolas and “lost ruins.” Guests will also have the chance to spot native animals and birds as they explore caves, waterfalls, and bridges.

VIP cabanas will be available for relaxation, offering full-day rentals for up to four guests and providing the same service experience as at Vidanta’s resorts, including in-cabana spa treatments and exclusive amenities.

In terms of rides, thrill-seekers will be able to enjoy special attractions, while families may opt for the family slides or children’s areas, including the Aqua Play Rain Fortress, which Grupo Vidanta says is the largest interactive play structure in the world.

There will also be a lazy river—billed as the longest in Latin America, with a length a little over half a mile—as well as a Wave Pool.

Onsite bar and dining options will be included, and there will also be a number of boutiques and stores. Jungala will be open to Vidanta resort guests, as well as the public, seven days a week, 10am–5pm. The entire venue can hold up to 2,000 guests.

International News

Paris Plans a Major New Park at the Eiffel Tower

Paris has just announced plans for a major new park at the base of the Eiffel Tower. The city selected British landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s proposal, which will transform over 100 acres into what will be the largest public green space in the city. The transformation is set to be complete by 2024, in time for the Paris Olympics, and will cost 72 million euros (roughly US$80 million).

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019 and 2020

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place under the dramatic backdrop of the Edinburgh Castle during the month of August. The gathering of musicians and performers is held on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. CIE Tours includes tickets to this special event on all tours that include an Edinburgh hotel stay during the Tattoo season. The popular show is held nightly in 2019 August 2–24; in 2020 it will be held August 7–29.

Cruise News

Cruise the Mekong Aboard the New Emerald Harmony

The inaugural sailing of the new, luxurious Emerald Harmony is just a few months away. With this year’s sailings nearly full, Emerald Waterways is pleased to announce sailings for the 2020–2021 seasons. Plan now to secure free flights to Asia through April 2021.

The spiritual landscape of Southeast Asia is home to hidden wonders, delicious cuisine, and unique tradition, unlike anywhere else. And with Emerald Harmony transporting guests along the mighty Mekong, you’ll enjoy second-to-none accommodations, service, and comfort. Sailings are now open for booking through April 2021.

Enjoy free flights or savings of US$2,500 per couple when you book any of Emerald’s itineraries of 13 or more days. This is a limited-time offer and is available while space lasts or until June 29, 2019.

Majestic Mekong Discoverer Cruise: 13 days Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, from the US, $3,495. If you’re looking for a luxurious Cambodia/Vietnam river cruise, this one takes you from the bustling metropolis of Vietnam’s commercial center, Ho Chi Minh City, through to Cambodia’s vibrant Siem Reap. (Price in US dollars.)

Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia: 17 days Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, from the US $4,795. Enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. Cruise through the bays and islets of this magnificent region. Embark on a fascinating journey to Angkor Wat, and receive a traditional Buddhist blessing.

Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia: 21 days Hanoi to Siem Reap, from the US, $5,495. Stroll through Ho Chi Minh City’s colonial quarter. Embark on a sampan to Evergreen Island. Visit Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. (Prices in US dollars.)

Martha Stewart Partners with MSC

MSC Cruises has partnered with internationally acclaimed home and lifestyle expert Martha Stewart on new exclusive culinary and discovery experiences on board and ashore. The partnership—themed Celebrate, Discover, Experience—includes specially curated shore excursions, surprise gift packages, and onboard special holiday dinner menus and recipes. The special Caribbean cruises start June 1, 2019, on MSCArmonia and MSCSeaside.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

The goal is to die with memories, not dreams —Anonymous

Deal of the Week

In the Galápagos, Experience Unprecedented Closeness to Wildlife

Discover a world where you’ll cross paths on land and underwater with prehistoric-like marine iguanas, snorkel alongside rare penguins, and marvel at the charismatic courtship of blue-footed boobies. In the remote and magical Galápagos Islands, extraordinary creatures live out their ordinary lives without any fear of humans.

You will join the best team in the islands to experience unprecedented closeness to wildlife and the chance to witness enlightened conservation in action. Get there with free round-trip air from Miami on select dates when you choose your Enchanted Isles adventure.

Book by July 31, 2019, for “Free Air from Miami” or US$199 and $299 air from popular US gateway cities on select 2019–2020 departures. The offer is available on American Airlines only in economy class. Business class upgrades start at US$500, subject to availability.

The free air offer includes internal flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos. All offers are valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions, and are subject to availability at time of booking.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom-designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Agent Central, Conde-Nast Traveler, CIE Tours, Emerald Waterways, MSC Cruises, Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic



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